PMDD; Severe PMS
The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS. However, they are generally more severe and debilitating and include a least one mood-related symptom. Symptoms occur during the week just before menstrual bleeding and usually improve within a few days after the period starts.
Five or more of the following symptoms must be present to diagnose PMDD, including one mood-related symptom:
Disinterest in daily activities and relationships
Fatigue or low energy
Feeling of sadness or hopelessness, possible suicidal thoughts
Feelings of tension or anxiety
Feeling out of control
Food cravings or binge eating
Mood swings marked by periods of teariness
Persistent irritability or anger that affects other people
Physical symptoms, such as bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain
Signs and tests
What do humans have in common with bike tires and those cartoon-character balloons that are hauled down parade routes on holidays? All three contain gas.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), it's common for people to produce one-half to two quarts of gas a day, expelling it in up to 14 daily bursts. Some gas gets into people's digestive tracts after they swallow it from the surrounding air. But some gas is there because bacteria in the colon produce it after munching on undigested material.
Some people may find gas in their digestive tract to be particularly uncomfortable . This is called bloating . Gas discomfort is a common symptom that in most cases doesn't point to a serious problem. But if gas is causing you serious pain or it's been uncomfortable for more than two weeks, bring it to your doctor's attention. Also make an appointment with your doctor if you also have other symptoms that could be related, such as weight loss.
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